City Sightseeing tour of Athens.

Take a tour of one of the oldest cities in the world and admire the culture that made Athens the centre of arts, learning and philosophy. The tour includes an overview of the modern city and the contrast with its glorious past.
Start the tour at 08.45 driving to the "all marble" PANATHINAIKO STADIUM where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop for photos). Today the stadium is the finishing line of the Athens' original marathon run, every year at the end of October.
Drive around the National Gardens and the Zappeion Conference and Exhibition Hall, to the Roman emperor Hadrian's Arch, the entrance to the city, next to the temple of Zeus, followed by St. Paul's Church, the Anglican church in Athens.
The Parliament building with the Tomb of the Unknown soldier, guarded also by colourful Evzones, is the heart of Athens.
The House of Schlieman (today the Nomismatic Museum),
St. Denis' Catholic Cathedral on Panepistimiou Street,
The three buildings Academy, the old University and the National Library, next to each other,
the Old Parliament building, the Constitution (in Greek Syntagma) Square,
the Russian Orthodox Church, and finally the Acropolis are included in the tour.
Walk through the Propylaea, and visit the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion.

When you finish with the sightseeing of the Acropolis hill with the tour guide you walk to the New Acropolis museum (except on Mondays that the museum is closed). The new museum of Acropolis is considered as one of the most important archaeological museums in Greece and ranks among the most important museums of the world. Remains of the ancient Athenian city can be seen under the glass floor of the museum.

The museum's main attractions such as votives, artefacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, the beautiful Karyatides...all the surviving treasures of the Acropolis can be seen together in one place. Of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you, while the placing of the Parthenon follows the orientation of the original structure.

Lunch break in a local restaurant in Plaka, (INCLUDED in the price) and at +/- 15.00, depart for the tour to Cape Sounion.

Driving along the coastal road past the beautiful sandy beaches of GLYFADA, VOULIAGMENI, VARKIZA and the countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON overlooking the Aegean sea. Learn the myth of the Cretan Minotaur, the Athenian hero Thesseus, and his father Aegeus, after whom the Aegean sea was named.
Return to Athens +/- 19.00

INCLUDED in the price:
- Hotel pick up can be organized if your hotel is accessible.
- Lunch is served in a local restaurant, in the area of Plaka.
- Under 4 years old are free of charge, while child rates apply from 4-12 years old.
- The tour can be booked even the day before when the voucher is handed over to you.

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